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For other uses, see Bonnie (disambiguation).
Pronunciation /ˈbɒni/ BON-ee
Gender Female
Word/name Scottish, Latin
Meaning Pretty, Attractive, Good
Other names
Related names Bonita, Bonbon

Bonnie, Bonny or Bonne is a given name commonly used for females. It is rarely used as a male given name and is sometimes used as a descriptive reference. It comes from the Scottish word "bonnie" meaning "pretty, attractive" also similar adjectives like charming, beautiful and excellent.[1] That is in turn derived from the Latin word "bonus" meaning good. This link also explains the french meaning of "bon" meaning also meaning good and also "sweet".[2] The name can also be used as a pet form of Bonita. Bonnie is often used as a nickname or a form of endearment towards a loved one.


Bon-Bon is the title of a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe first published in December 1832. The story follows a man named Pierre Bon-Bon, who believes himself a profound philosopher, and his encounter with the Devil. The humor of the story is based on the verbal interchange between the two, which satirizes classical philosophers including Plato and Aristotle.

It is phonetically related to many eastern traditions such as Bon in Tibet the ancient religion preceding Buddhism and the Bon Festival in Japan.

Bonnie is the main character in the Scottish folk song My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean. It was covered by The Beatles a year after their formation in 1961, peaking at #5 in a German chart. Legend suggests the title My Bonnie played a role in their early recognition and later success.

Bonnie the orangutan was noted for her musical abilities, namely whistling.

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Fictional characters[edit]

  • Bonnie, one of the main characters in the famous horror video game Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Bonnie Swanson, from the animated series Family Guy
  • Bonnie Anderson, in Toy Story 3
  • Bonnie Bennett or McCullough, from the novel series The Vampire Diaries
  • Bonnie Brown, a character from the Berenstain Bears chapter book series
  • Bonnie Barstow, KITT's systems engineer on Knight Rider
  • Bonnĭe Rockwaller, a character from the Disney Channel series Kim Possible
  • Bonnie Kate, from the tune of a Morris dance a type of English folk dance
  • Bonnie, minor Friends character
  • Bonnie MacFarlane, a major character in the video game Red Dead Redemption
  • Bonnie, one of the main characters in the Pokémon anime
  • Bonnie, minor Scrubs character
  • Bonnie Malloy the main character of the TV series Life with Bonnie
  • "Bonnie Blue" the affectionate nickname given to blue eyed Irish daughter of Scarlett and Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind. The movie portrayal moderately boosted the name in popularity at the time.